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This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE750BW 2.5" 750GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: Fast. Light. Energy efficient. And... FAST!!
This drive is so incredibly fast. Since there is no seek time like disk drives, random access of lots of small files is just crazy fast. My computer boots faster, NetBeans, Microsoft Office, Apple Numbers, VMware, and even Chrome load faster. Orders of magnitude faster.
Cons: Requires additional hardware to perform the upgrade as well as moderate tech knowledge (unlike, say, memory, but not unlike other SSDs).
Other Thoughts: To upgrade my MacBook, I used the following to perform the upgrade: APRICORN ASW-USB-25 USB 2.0 to SATA Adapter, the command line tool "dd", the toolkit "Syba SY-ACC65062" (for screw drivers, etc.), and the software utility Trim Enabler.
It took 20 hrs to transfer 500 GB of data from my old drive to the new drive via the Apricorn adapter.
If you are not an expert, then I recommend getting a hard drive cloning software utility such as SuperDuper instead of using the command line "dd" (which comes with OS/X).
This review is from: APRICORN ASW-USB-25 USB 2.0 to SATA Adapter
Pros: Worked without a flaw. Inexpensive. No drivers and no power supply make it simple and easy to use.
Cons: Slow. I attached an SSD to it and cloned my internal hard drive to the SSD over USB 2 and I got 6 MB/s. That's pretty slow, I'm not sure if it had to do with the adapter or something else. It took 24 hrs to clone 500GB.
Other Thoughts: I used this to upgrade my MacBook Pro to an SSD. This device allowed me to clone the old drive to the new one. Everything worked without a hitch.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Mushkin Enhanced 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Memory for Apple Model 977020A
Other Thoughts: I wasn't sure if this memory would work in a early 2011 MacBook Pro. The computer is originally rated for a maximum of 8GB of memory. All my Internet research indicated that 16GB would work, and it does.
With my usage patterns the system is faster due to more memory being used for the unified buffer. Before I had 8GB and memory wasn't being swapped out, but the unified buffer was small. Therefore, the system wasn't as fast. I was surprised at how much faster the computer is with the extra memory given that virtual memory wasn't being used (plenty of memory was available).